The world is losing its battle against poverty. Even though the world's nations have recently pledged another $40 billion to the UN Millenium Plan to drastically reduce worldwide poverty by 2015, we are not on target to achieve this worthy goal.
Poverty is everybody's problem, but it effects women even more than men.
In the poorest nations in the world maternal mortality rates are higher than in richer nations.
The major direct causes of maternal morbidity and mortality include haemorrhage, infection, high blood pressure, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labour.
One of Australia's Pacific neighbours has a terrible statistic that was revealed at the UN Summit. In Papua New Guinea the rates of maternal mortality has nearly doubled in the past 14 years. Doubled. I find this frightening.
If you live in a poor nation childbirth is more of a gamble.
You can't be assured the necessary C-section that might save your life and that of your baby.
You are less likely to access pre-natal care.
You are less likely to have access to post-natal care.
Death whilst bearing life.
It doesn't seem right.
My mother gave birth to both of my sister's in PNG. I am thankful that she was 'born to breed' and had complication-free labours.
As a person who has not been able to birth in the conventional way, I thank my lucky stars that I was born in a country that has good pre- and post-natal care and first-rate surgeons.
The outcome of my first labour could easily have been very different. Very different indeed.
There must be something we can do for our 'sisters' in these poor Pacific Island nations?
Where you live should have no impact on how you birth. All women deserve to meet their babies. All babies deserve to live full and happy lives.
It just isn't right.